History

The Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) is a regionally coordinated group of national agricultural policy research institutes duly established and operating in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region.

Formed on November 16th 2012, ReNAPRI was created at the initiative of the national agricultural policy institutes to enable them to effectively coordinate with each other, share data, collaborate on providing solutions to the common challenges facing the ESA region, and enable national policy makers to learn from the experiences of other countries within the region.

Seven national agricultural policy institutes from seven countries in the ESA region formed ReNAPRI on November 16, 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia after a series number of intensive formal and informal consultations. Currently, the network has grown to nine members.

The need for a regional network of national agricultural policy institutes within the ESA region was recognized in 2009. Even though countries in the region had their own national agricultural policy research institutes, they were not effectively coordinating with each other.  This was largely due to the absence of a platform for regionally coordinated policy analysis, outreach and capacity building activities.

It was noted that the absence of a regional mechanism for linking the national agricultural policy institutes to enable them communicate to each other, share information, collaborate on research and outreach activities, was limiting the national institutes in realizing their goals and objectives of providing practical solutions to the policy challenges facing their member states.

ReNAPRI was formed to respond to the policy research coordination gap in the ESA region.